Affordable Housing Database

The OECD Affordable Housing Database (AHD) helps countries monitor access to good-quality affordable housing and strengthen the knowledge base for policy evaluation. It brings together cross-national information from OECD countries, Key Partners and EU member states.

The database groups indicators along three dimensions: housing market, housing conditions and affordability, and public policies towards affordable housing. Each indicator presents data, relevant definitions and methodology, and key results. Indicators also discuss comparability, data issues, and, where relevant, include the raw data or descriptive information across countries.

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Just released  Housing and Inclusive Growth 

Housing is the biggest spending item of household budgets, the main driver of wealth accumulation and biggest source of debt for most households. But the housing market can also present a barrier to opportunity and better life outcomes for some groups, including low-income households, children, youth, seniors and the homeless.

Recent releases

Policy Actions for Affordable Housing in Latvia
Read online | Executive Summary in Latvian | Launch PPT

Policy Brief on Affordable Housing:
Better data and policies to fight homelessness in the OECD

Indicators on the Housing Market

Click here to see our indicators on topics including housing stocks, house prices, housing tenures and living arrangements

Indicators on Housing Conditions and Affordability

Click here to see our indicators on topics including housing expenditure, housing space and overcrowding, housing deprivation, and homelessness

Indicators on Policies for Affordable Housing

Click here to see our indicators on topics including support for home buyers, housing allowances, social rental housing, affordable housing programmes


Further Reading

  • Whitehead, C. and P. Williams (2017), "Changes in the regulation and control of mortgage markets and access to owner-occupation among younger households", OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 196, OECD Publishing, Paris,
  • Salvi del Pero, A., et al. (2016), "Policies to promote access to good-quality affordable housing in OECD countries", OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 176, OECD Publishing, Paris,
  • Baptista, I. and E. Marlier (2019), Fighting homelessness and housing exclusion in Europe: A study of national policies, European Social Policy Network (ESPN), Brussels: European Commission,
  • Human European Consultancy, et al. (2016), Promoting protection of the right to housing – Homelessness prevention in the context of evictions, Brussels: European Commission,

See more OECD work on housing here.

Contact and notes

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EU flag MigrationDev This database was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014-2020).